Ex-Internal Affairs Chief Criticizes Border Patrol Training

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By Astrid Galvan

PHOENIX (AP) — The former head of internal affairs at U.S. Customs and Border Protection says in a Supreme Court filing that an agent who killed a Mexican teen in a cross-border shooting should be held accountable.

James Tomsheck said in a brief submitted Friday that poor screening and inadequate training has resulted in an environment in which Border Patrol agents use unnecessary lethal force.

The brief was filed in the Supreme Court case involving an agent who fatally shot 15-year-old Sergio Adrian Hernandez Guereca in 2010. A lower court ruled that the boy's family couldn't sue because he was in Mexico at the time of the shooting and wasn't constitutionally protected.

A spokesman for CBP said the agency does not comment on pending litigation.

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